The Wenatchee River winds along 85-year-old Leavenworth Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71 course, which features a sculpted landscape of arboreal alleyways and a backdrop of mountain peaks. The river runs the length of holes 6 and 11, forcing golf balls to choose between finishing at the hole or fulfilling dreams of becoming fishing bobbers. Two ponds come into play on five other holes, and stately pines line most of the course’s emerald fairways.
Golfers looking to improve their swing mechanics can enroll in lessons with a PGA professional or PGA and LPGA assistant professionals. Before jump-starting their day on the course, club guests can fuel up with a hearty country-style meal at The Wild Huckleberry.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 5,711 yards from the farthest set of tees * Course rating of 67.0 from the farthest set of tees * Slope rating of 116 from the farthest set of tees * See the scorecard
The Fairways Golf Course?s layout unfurls over rolling terrain teeming with wetlands and native grasses. Multiple water hazards and fast greens pose challenges for experienced players, and relatively open fairways and a set of closer, forward tees cater to golfers of all experience levels. A dramatic conclusion awaits at the par-4, 419-yard 18th hole?the course?s most challenging hole?where golfers must contend with a dog-leg right and a small pond that arches around the front and left sides of the green. Golfers can prepare for the round at the driving range and practice green, or simply ask the course?s beverage-cart operator for the liquid cure for a slice-prone swing.
Nestled in the shadows of Spokane's towering pine trees, the open terrain of Pine Acres helps golfers groom their short games with a nine-hole, par 3 course, expansive driving range, and large practice green. With an average tee-to-green distance of 84 yards, Pine Acres' pins are eminently reachable for players of all stripes, making holes-in-one a feasible goal for aces or those playing with remote-control golf balls. Players can traverse the course in roughly one hour, freeing up time to cool off swings in the shade of one of the range's covered hitting stalls or dig for misplaced time capsules in Pine Acres' practice bunker.
Teaching professional David Fern gives stance and swing pointers in an effort to make the game easier for his students. Situated on the Spokane River, the nearly century-old Downriver Golf Course welcomes golfers with a practice facility where Fern can identify their swing issues, while videotaping lessons for easy review later. To get an immersive learning experience, players can opt for a playing lesson, during which time the coach and student will play a round of golf. Along the way, Fern will cover the finer points of shot selection and course management, as well as how to determine if a bunker is filled with quicksand.
Sprawling across 100 acres in the verdant, picturesque Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park beckons with awe-inspiring visual and auditory wonders. The newly constructed SkyRide invites visitors to survey the land from above, swooping across the Spokane River and past city hall, where they can wave to their favorite comptroller. Back on the ground, the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1909, whirls riders around on 54 horses, two Chinese-dragon chairs, one giraffe, and one tiger, and a tour train chugs through the park on a 30-minute narrated jaunt. Among other attractions, such as the Sculpture Walk and pony rides, Riverfront Park houses an enormous IMAX theater with one of the largest indoor screens in the Pacific Northwest. Standing 53 feet high and stretching 69 feet wide, the screen is slightly taller than the average human and displays crystal-clear two-dimensional images, which are complemented by the sounds of a booming, wraparound surround-sound system.
Wonderland Family Fun Center is a great place for the entire family to spend a day creating memories that will last a lifetime. Open all year round with free admission, the center contains both indoor and outdoor attractions such as batting cages, two story adventure-land playhouse, an arcade with more than 80 video and ticket redemption games, a wonderland prize center and a 2,200-square-foot laser-tag arena. Once game matches are over, players can switch over to the equally fluorescent black-light 18-hole mini golf course or venture outdoors to sit behind the wheel of a bumper boat at the other end of the facility’s 5-acre expanse. Fun game play can build up appetites that can be satisfied from a selection of available food such as pizza, breadsticks, and soft drinks.